Chris Prosperi made this pork tenderloin for us as our pre-show meal, and it was outstanding. We wholeheartedly recommend you try it for a weeknight dinner or the next time guests come for dinner.
Seared scallops are one of those dishes that qualify has simple and elegant at the same time. They’re easy enough for a weeknight, but special enough for a romantic anniversary or Valentine’s Day dinner. They sear for just 2 minutes on each side, making them quick, too. The other benefit: they’re a blank canvas, begging for a sauce to add interest—or whatever global spin you like.
Top these beautiful cakes with Vanessa Seder’s Faux Aioli.
This is one of those miraculous dishes that uses only a few basic ingredients (beef, onions, garlic, thyme, etc.), doesn’t require much technique or fussing, and yet produces a delectable and soul-satisfying dish that’s superb on its own but lends itself to leftover improvisation.
Lidia Bastianich’s polenta torta is delicious with Gorgonzola and cabbage, but you can vary the filling however you wish. The dish is ideal for a crowd. You can assemble the tart the day before and then bake it the day of your gathering, and it also reheats well.